STEM Courses for Certificate Renewal

WEA’s Inclusionary Practices Project (IPP) is a state-wide focus on professional development designed to support staff to increase inclusion for students with disabilities. The project is funded by OSPI and open to all educators/stakeholders in WA state (including education support professionals, administration, paraeducators, parents, special education personnel, and general education personnel.) 

Visit the OSPI website at www.k12.wa.us/educator-support/continuing-education-clock-hours/stem-clock-hours for more information regarding the STEM requirement for certificate renewal. All trainings below meet the professional and continuing elementary and secondary certificate renewal requirements for STEM (RCW 28A.10.2212).

For questions regarding STEM courses, contact Thera Grady.


STEM Zoom Courses (Asynchronous) 

  • Courses held via Zoom in real time (synchronous).
  • Register ASAP! Classes fill up quickly and there is not a waitlist option.
  • After clicking the registration link, select the course you want to register for from the
    dropdown menu.
  • Once registration is full, the course will no longer be available in the drop down menu.
  • Registration is a TWO Step Process
         1. Register for each course using the link listed below for each course.
         2. Use the registration link in your confirmation email to complete the Zoom registration.
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             to access the course. SAVE this information. You can also add the event information to
             your calendar from this page.
  • Courses are free and clock hours will be provided.
  • As these offerings are funded through a grant from OSPI, you do not have to be a WEA member to attend.
  • Please test your computer's video and audio HERE before the course start. Technical assistance will not be provided.
  • Course evaluations will be emailed to attendees approximately 5-10 business days after each course. Once completed and submitted, a clock hour verification form will be sent via email. Please check your spam/junk folders for the emails. Use the clock hour verification form to process your clock hours and/or attendance according to your distrcit policies. 

STEMizing Your Instruction (6 clock hours)

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 & Wednesday, February 15, 2023 plus 2 asynchronous hours
4:00pm-6:00pm

Welcome to STEMizing your instruction: a way of organizing real world challenges for students. This course goes beyond the traditional meaning of the STEM acronym and will help transform your instruction through a STEM lens with inclusionary practices. Together we will explore how to engage students using standards from multiple content areas. Meets the STEM certificate renewal requirement.
Register: 2/8 & 2/15/2023


The Attuned K-12 Educator: Accelerating Literacy (6 clock hours)

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 & Thursday, February 9, 2023
-or-
Tuesday, April 11, 2023 & Thursday, April 13, 2023
4:00pm-7:00pm

The attuned K-12 Educator: Accelerating Literacy will provide in-depth understanding of how equity and personalization will improve student learning in literacy. This course is designed for K-12 educators in all content areas, who are seeking ways to improve literacy and consider personalized learning approaches. Participants will create a theory of action to deepen understanding of pedagogical shifts to leverage literacy development with evidence-based recommendations. This course explores the intersection of equity, multi-tiered system of supports, and Washington State Learning Standards to ensure proficient readers and writers. STEM hours not available for this course.
Register: 2/8 & 2/9/2023; 4/11 & 4/13/2023


Essentials of Game-Based Learning in the Inclusive Classroom (3 clock hours)

Monday, February 13, 2023
4:30pm-7:30pm

Learn about the role of game-based learning in the inclusive classroom. Research will be presented to explain how this instructional practice can be applied to engage and reach ALL learners. Participants will be building a game and sharing out their creations. Meets the STEM certificate renewal requirement.
Register: 3/13/2023


Essentials of Gamification in the Inclusive Classroom (3 clock hours)

Friday, February 17, 2023
4:30pm-7:30pm

If you are curious about what constitutes gamification and how gamification can excite and engage more learners in your classroom, this introductory course to gamification is for you. In this course participants will learn what gamification is and what it is not. Participants will explore the different aspects of gamification to get ideas for ways they can gamify their classroom including any STEM curricula. Participants will see examples of ways to gamify any course including planning documents, technology that supports gamification, and career pathways. Meets the STEM certificate renewal requirement.
Register: 2/17/2023


Implementing Game-Based Learning in the Inclusive Classroom (3 clock hours)

Monday, February 27, 2023
4:30pm-7:30pm

This course will dive into game-based learning (GBL) as participants build games in order to work with their content and teach students. We will be examining game mechanics as well as game development. Meets the STEM certificate renewal requirement.
Register: 2/27/2023


Implementing Gamification in the Inclusive Classroom (3 clock hours)

Friday, March 3, 2023
4:30pm-7:30pm

For those who have an understanding of the difference between gamification and game-based learning and have some experience with gamification, this course will provide examples of how to launch a gamified lesson, unit, and/or complete course. Participants will see how to gamify any course and any STEM curricula. In this course, participants will have an opportunity to develop a gamified lesson, unit, or course. Participants will share their ideas and get feedback. Meets the STEM certificate renewal requirement.
Register: 3/3/2023


Using Minecraft for STEM, SEL, and Equity (3 clock hours)

Monday, March 6, 2023; Friday, March 10, 2023; or Monday, March 13, 2023
4:30pm-7:30pm

Using Minecraft Education Edition as an example of game-based learning, participants will learn how to find STEM, SEL, and Equity Minecraft worlds for their students to experience. Learn how to play and build in Minecraft by experiencing these worlds and lessons firsthand. Learn how to determine when to have students work individually and when to have students work cooperatively in multiplayer mode. These worlds and lessons can be adapted to any STEM curriculum. No Minecraft experience needed. Minecraft access provided to participants for the duration of this learning series. Meets the STEM certificate renewal requirement.
Register: 3/6/2023; 3/10/2023; 3/13/2023


Unpacking Standards to Reach ALL Students in the Math Classroom (6 clock hours)

Monday, March 13, 2023 and Wednesday, March 15, 2023
4:30pm-7:30pm

Learn to use the State of Washington’s adopted Common Core Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) to equitably and comprehensively guide and inform student learning, and promote college and career readiness. This course will explore the CCSSM content and practice standards, key shifts in their development, and the critical relationship between standards-based learning and equitable access to learning. Through this process, participants will learn how to unpack standards to develop cognitively rigorous learning targets.
Register 3/13 & 3/14/2023


STEM integration and Inclusionary Practices (15 clock hours)

Thursday, April 13, 2023; Thursday, April 20, 2023; Thursday, April 27, 2023; and Thursday, May 4, 2023 
plus 7 asynchronous hours
4:30pm-6:30pm

Highlight and deep dive into the Science (NGSS), Technology (Washington State Standards), Mathematics (Common Core), and Engineering standards in order to build and implement an integrated lesson with a minimum of two of the STEM components. Participants will engage in STEM related activities, be introduced to a multitude of technologies, produce a lesson, and understand the connections to careers. This workshop will include computer science, ELL, UDL, and game-based learning components. Meets the STEM certificate renewal requirement.
Register: All Sessions-April/May 2023


Esports in the Inclusive Classroom (3 clock hours)

Monday, April 17, 2023
4:30pm-7:30pm

Esports is the world of competitive, organized video gaming. Learn how to bring eSports to your classroom or school and start an eSports program. Examples will be given for using other games, and career connections will be explored in this course as well. Meets the STEM certificate renewal requirement.
Register: 4/17/2023


STEM in Sports (15 clock hours)

Monday, May 8, 2023; Friday, May 12, 2023; Monday, May 15, 2023; Monday, May 22, 2023; Friday, May 26, 2023
plus 5 asynchronous hours
4:30pm-6:30pm

This course is designed to help you to take the practice of a sport (any sport) and show and enhance STEM through the lens of sports. The course will shine a light on students who are motivated by sports and show how STEM can be incorporated into sports activities. This course includes inclusionary practices so that all kids can learn. Universal Design for Learning will also be a part of this course. This course includes a brief overview of STEM related standards, then asks participants to address their own standards.
Register: All Sessions-May 2023

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STEM Canvas Courses (Asynchronous)

  • Registration is free for participants.
  • Canvas courses are asynchronous - You take them independently, individually, at your own pace, and without a live instructor.
  • You will receive an email confirmation from WEA as well as a registration confirmation email from Canvas after registering.
  • Trainings are funded through a grant from OSPI. You do not have to be a WEA member to attend.
  • Clock hours are free to participants.
  • Once you complete the course, including the evaluation, you will receive a clock hour verification form within 7-10 business days.

If you have questions about the asychronous courses, aren't receiving the registration email, or don't see a course on your dashboard, contact Kendru Dimalanta. The most up-to-date course deadlines and info can be found at https://www.washingtonea.org/pd/asynchronous-courses/.


STEM for Primary (K-6) Educators (15 clock hours)

Scientific studies have shown that children learn faster than adults. Most of that early learning is focused on developing language skills and communications skills. There is little to no emphasis on STEM learning. As it turns out, there are a lot of benefits of introducing STEM at an early age. This training, geared towards K-6 teachers, will provide strategies, ideas, and examples of how to introduce STEM in early educator classrooms and include connections to inclusionary practices. You will be submitting work as assignments, taking surveys and quizzes, and participating in discussion boards for this class. The ultimate goal is that you can walk away with an integrated STEM lesson plan that will be important and usable in your classroom. (This training meets the STEM certificate renewal requirement - RCW 28A.10.2212.)
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STEM for Secondary (6-12) Educators (15 clock hours)

This course aims to teach participants about science, engineering, math, and inclusionary practices with a little dose of technology. The participant will then reflect on their current practice, identify areas of growth, and fully incorporate these ideas into an integrated science, engineering, math lesson, project, or unit plan with a focus on Universal Design for Learning inclusionary practices. (This training meets the STEM certificate renewal requirement - RCW 28A.10.2212.)
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STEM Integration and Inclusionary Practices (15 clock hours)

The application of STEM in the classroom can transcend beyond learning science and math facts. STEM integration provides students the opportunities to learn 21st century skills such as questioning the world around them, processing what they learned, collaborating well with others, and communicating with peers and adults alike. Additionally, a focus on Inclusionary Practices, where all students are afforded the chance of a dynamic, important education, are intrinsically linked with STEM in the classroom. (This training meets the STEM certificate renewal requirement - RCW 28A.10.2212.)
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STEMizing your Instruction (15 clock hours)

Participants will gain a deeper understanding of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Standards as they learn how to STEMize a classroom. Participants will create a personal resource bank of ideas, activities and materials and learn how to take an existing unit of instruction in any content area and STEMize the unit to include STEM models and computational thinking. (This training meets the STEM certificate renewal requirement - RCW 28A.10.2212.)
Register Here